Merchandising: Amazon, Best Buy Offer ‘V for Vendetta’ Exclusives

The Nov. 3 release of Warner’s V for Vendetta 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc inspired a couple of retailer exclusives for the week.

While Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition, at $29.99, another exclusive came from Amazon, which packed the 2006 political thriller with collectible jail-cell packaging, a 32-page behind-the-scenes booklet and a letter from the director. Amazon’s version was listed at $49.99.

Best Buy’s ‘V for Vendetta’ 4K Steelbook

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Meanwhile, as the number of notable new releases seems to shrink each week, Best Buy’s list of Steelbook exclusives only seems to grow.

In addition to V for Vendetta, Best Buy also had a deluxe Steelbook set of Warner’s new Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set, at $239.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Game of Thrones’ 4K Steelbook collection

Other Steelbook editions of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog titles for the week included Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass ($19.99), and Paramount’s $27.99 editions of Forrest Gump, Grease and Bumblebee.

Best Buy’s ‘Forrest Gump’ 4K Steelbook

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Also interesting at Best Buy: Many of the chain’s locations have been clearing out their DVD and Blu-ray inventory from the sales floor. A store in Costa Mesa, Calif., had just one long shelf stocked with product, plus a few standalone displays throughout the store, while the empty shelves that once contained movie and TV discs had been rearranged in the middle of the store and roped off.

Empty DVD and Blu-ray shelves at Best Buy in Costa Mesa, Calif., Nov. 3

‘Antebellum’ Arrives on Disc; Complete ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Now Out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Lionsgate’s  Antebellum, Paramount’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical — Live on Stage! and the third season of “The Crown,” the Netflix historical series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, top the slate of new releases available for home viewers beginning Nov. 3.

Also newly available for purchase are 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of V for Vendetta and the complete HBO series “Game of Thrones,” both from Warner Bros., and Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass.

The time-shifting horror drama Antebellum is now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. It was initially released by Lionsgate on premium VOD at $20 on Sept. 18. The film stars Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era.

Read an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Janelle Monáe here!

SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical — Live on Stage!, from Nickelodeon, is making its DVD debut on Nov. 3 at $9.99. The disc edition includes an exclusive, extended sing-along version.

The Crown: The Complete Third Season is now out as a four-disc Blu-ray and DVD set from Sony Pictures.  The series is produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Season 3 takes place between 1964 and 1977 and introduces Camilla Parker Bowles, who would later marry Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.

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V for Vendetta and Kick-Ass are the latest high-profile films to be released on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format, which is getting a renewed push by the big Hollywood movie studios as they continue to grapple with a lack of fresh theatrical product.

Also newly available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Nov. 3 is Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection. The set, listed at $254.99, includes all 73 episodes, plus more than 15 hours of bonus content, and a digital copy of the episodes.

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Extras include material previously released in the “Game of Thrones” complete season sets and the 2019 complete series on standard Blu-ray, including a two-part reunion special hosted by Conan O’Brien; the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch chronicling the making of the final season; Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of Seven Kingdoms; and audio commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

A 4K “Game of Thrones” complete-series set also is available in an exclusive limited-edition version at Best Buy at $285.43, with all eight seasons featured in individual Steelbooks and housed in individually numbered metal cases.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Warner Releasing ‘V for Vendetta’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 3

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release 2005’s V for Vendetta on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital Nov. 3.

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta was adapted and produced by the Wachowskis (The Matrix), and directed by James McTeigue. The film stars Natalie Portman as a woman in futuristic Britain who becomes the unlikely accomplice of a mysterious freedom fighter (Hugo Weaving) in his radical effort to rid the country of oppression. The cast also includes Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt and Tim Pigott-Smith.

The 4K Ultra HD release of V for Vendetta comes from a new scan of the original camera negative and includes HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The combo pack includes a 4K disc with three new extras, a regular Blu-ray Disc with previously released extras, and a digital copy of the film.

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New extras on the 4K disc include the featurette “V for Vendetta Unmasked”; a conversation between McTeigue and Lana Wachowski; and Portman’s previously unreleased audition footage.

Extras from the previously released Blu-ray include a theatrical trailer; a montage of Cat Power music played to images of the film; a “Saturday Night Live” digital short Easter Egg; and the featurettes “Making V for Vendetta,” “Designing the Near Future,” “Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot” and “England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics.”